Jeff Duncan’s thoughts after today’s events

Jeff Duncan after today’s events:

It is interesting how the TEA Party and The House Freedom Caucus members are blamed for Speaker Boehner resigning and now for Leader McCarthy withdrawing from the Speaker race.

In 2010, these same people ran on conservative values and a desire to return the federal government to Constitional principles. An understanding that the states created the federal government, not the other way around. An understanding that the government which we have is to be for the people, of the people and by the people,

A Pledge was made to America by the GOP leadership in the House at the time. Not a hope, a desire or even a promise – but, rather, a Pledge to the people. You entrust us, the Republicans, with control of the House and this is how we will govern.

Now, the very members of Congress who helped make the majority are blamed – simply because they have wanted to adhere to the Pledge and to their own promises to the American people that we would fight the fundamental transformation of the United States and return the power to its rightful owners – you.

Daniel Webster was not my choice for Speaker. I have fought a lot of battles in 4 1/2 years in Washington and when I looked in the trench beside me during those fights, I never saw Dan. He is a fine man, a true patriot for being willing to put his hat in the ring when others didn’t seem to have the courage. But, I believe, America is looking for fight and inspiration and leadership.

But in order to affect reform to this broken process here in Washington, many of us could not just go along with the status quo or swallow the seemingly aristocratic practice of the prince becoming the king and the jr prince becoming the sr prince and so on.

Not sure where this goes from here. I will say this: when McCarthy announced his withdrawal today, Speaker Boehner immediately postponed the vote for a new speaker of the House. Ask yourself if he would have postponed the vote had Webster or Chaffetz been the one to withdraw today?

America is looking for someone who will fight. The fight might be with President Obama. It might be with Harry Reid. It might be with Mitch McConnell. It might be with me. But, I believe, America expects the Republicans to at least try to land a few punches (understanding that we MIGHT lose) before you give up or get knocked out. What we have witnessed, IMHO, is the GOP leadership lying down on the side of the ring, declaring themselves KO’d before throwing ANY punches and before the bell even rang to begin the fight!

On major issues, the ONLY bills we have had a chance to vote for have been those worked out with Harry Reid beforehand (called “Pre-Conferencing”) and Harry Reid declaring that this bill is the only thing that will pass the Senate. Therefore, the only bills brought to the floor have been Harry Reid’s agreed upon bills. No input was taken from regular Members of Congress who represent the 700,000 constituents in their districts. No Amendments could be offered. It was Harry Reid’s bill or nothing -and guess what? Leaders have waited until the very last minute before government funding ran out or the borrowing limit was reached – so that they coukd use words like “shutdown” and “default” to scare YOU and Members of Congress in order to get these bills passed.

It is a crappy way to operate and is the real reason for the situation we have in the House today. Disfunction exists in the House. I don’t deny that. But it isn’t just due to the TEA Party or the Freedom Caucus as some would have you believe. Those who get caught up in the shutdown fear or default scare are as much to blame.

If you pass a funding bill and set it to expire 9 months later, why do you wait 9 months to begin writing another one? If you know the credit card is maxed on March 15, why do you wait until November to begin discussing maybe getting a credit limit increase?

It is ludicrous and it is no wonder America sees this place as dysfunctional!

So- what or who am I looking for in the next Speaker?

Someone who will be a fighter. You don’t have to pick a fight, just be willing to when needed!

Someone who will tell Obama “No, Mr. President, you can’t make law – that is our job.” And be willing to prohibit funds from being used to implement any unConstitutional Executive actions.

Someone who will sternly fight for the House’s role in the legislative process and for the Legislative Branch’s rightful place as a co-equal Branch of government.

Someone who is willing to tackle the unpopular but necessary task of cutting mandatory spending. Someone who will, also, redirect the sequester cuts away from our weakened and decimated United States military and actually target those cuts to waste, fraud, abuse and duplication.

These challenges aren’t easy nor is the job to cobble 218 votes necessary to pass a bill from the House. But it is easier when those bills are OUR bills, when the American people are given time to get engaged on the issues, when they are tackled early in the process and when general Members of Congress feel they were part of the process – have some skin in the game and feel some ownership of the issue.

We, can do this. But we need to BYOG.

Bring our own guts to the task.

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Spartanburg County Council to save taxpayers up to $750,000 in interest payments

Excellent news from today’s special County Council meeting… Chris Lavender reports in SHJ:

Spartanburg County Council plans to refinance some general obligation bonds to save up to $750,000 in interest payments.

A first reading of the refinancing plan was approved Thursday during a specially called meeting held in County Council chambers.

County Administrator Katherine O’Neill said the county has an opportunity to reissue general obligation bonds for 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 at lower interest rates. The move will not extend the bonds’ maturity date and doesn’t create new revenue for the county. According to the proposal, the county wouldn’t reissue the bonds for more than $16 million.

Bond attorney Brad Love said the county’s old bonds would be refinanced under a single interest rate for each year. The bond refinancing plan requires a second reading later this month and a third reading in November. A public hearing also will be held before final approval.

Councilman David Britt said the refinancing plan would save the county between $700,000 to $750,000. Council Chairman Jeff Horton said the move wouldn’t increase taxes.

“We are just trying to get some savings,” Horton said.


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Matt Moore: Wofford College Forum CANCELLED

Out of respect for those who have lost so much and those still working to recover from South Carolina’s historic flooding, we believe it is prudent to CANCEL next Thursday night’s (October 15) presidential candidate forum at Wofford College.

We will announce a series of make-up forums to be held over the next few months. Keep an eye on your inbox for details.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of this horrendous disaster and we encourage all South Carolinians to volunteer wherever possible and contribute to flood relief charities.

All ticketed guests for the October 15 forum will be asked to reserve tickets to the new forums as they are announced.

Matt Moore
South Carolina Republican Party

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Duke Energy Delays Announcement

From Premium News Network:

Today was going to be the day which Duke Energy announced the route to service Asheville, which could possibly impact residents across the Upstate of South Carolina, especially the Landrum area. Sources tell PNN that Duke Energy’s delay is more about them getting the power needs accomplished in a way that does “right” by property owners. It would have been easy for Duke Energy to simply announce one of the pre-planned routes but we are told the delay has a lot to do with finalizing alternative plans, some of which include “mostly” using current right-of-ways and one of which could leave the Upstate out all together.

The following is Duke Energy’s press release:

Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmisson Line; project update planned for early November

  • More time is needed to continue to carefully consider more than 9,000 comments received on the proposed transmission line and create a solution to deliver cleaner, reliable power to Western Carolinas.
  • The company is looking at all options that can meet the region’s power demand over the next 10 to 15 years – including possible alternatives to the transmission line, Campobello substation and the configuration of the proposed Asheville natural gas power plant.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In order to carefully consider the thousands of comments related to the siting of the proposed 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation, Duke Energy is extending its review process until early November.

“Our goal is to have the best possible plan with the least impact on property owners, the environment and the communities we serve,” said Robert Sipes, general manager of delivery operations for the Western Carolinas. “Concerns about the transmission line and substation – and the potential impact on tourism and mountain views we all enjoy – are significant.

“We want the thousands of property owners and others to know we are listening, and we very much appreciate their patience,” Sipes added. “The job for the Duke Energy team is to offer solutions to as many concerns as we can, including possible alternatives to the transmission line and substation, while also meeting the growing region’s expectation for cleaner and reliable power.”

This is absolutely a victory for the community in our county who advocated for their position thoughtfully and consistently.  There was a great forum held in August, standing room only, with many people left standing (but not leaving) in the parking lot.

stay tuned for more details …

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Duncan, Amash, Sanford on Speaker Race

I had a few of these bookmarked, but didn’t post them in time to read before today’s scheduled vote. Well … now we have a bit of time.

CLICK HERE for Jeff Duncan’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)

CLICK HERE for Justin Amash’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)

CLICK HERE for Mark Sanford’s thoughts on the Speaker Race (before today’s events)



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You have daughters. Sisters. Wives. Is the lesson that Europe is currently learning re: refugees lost on you?

When will Spartanburg citizens stop listening to the “head in sand” proponents of bringing Middle East refugees to Spartanburg who are unvetted (according to Senator Jeff Sessions) and who have already brought havoc and chaos to Europe?  From Investor’s Business Daily, October 6, 2015:

Under grilling from GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, head of the Senate subcommittee on immigration, the Homeland Security official in charge of vetting Syrian and other foreign Muslim refugees confessed that no police or intelligence databases exist to check the backgrounds of incoming refugees against criminal and terrorist records.

“Does Syria have any?” Sessions asked. “The government does not, no sir,” answered Matthew Emrich, associate director for fraud detection and national security at DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sessions further inquired: “You don’t have their criminal records, you don’t have the computer database that you can check?” Confessed Emrich: “In many countries the U.S. accepts refugees from, the country did not have extensive data holdings.”

Because the churches are leading the drumbeat in Spartanburg, many folks are hesitant to bring themselves to believe that what is happening could possibly be anything other than benevolence.  And institutions like Wofford College try their best to put out information on “good refugees” despite the videos and news reports we are seeing of the catastrophic results in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Britain.

Here’s a WSPA news story on a recent panel discussions held at Wofford to “educate the public on the real issue of refugee resettlement and dispel some false information some people see in the media or elsewhere.”  The problem is we have access to videos and tales of disaster already taking place in Europe who threw open their doors to refugees and their citizens are now struggling and suffering.

And quoted in the Wofford story is  Husein Kapasi, founder of Kapasi Glass, who had a little trouble some time ago – hiring an undercover Clinton police lieutenant for $5,000 to kill his son’s wife.

According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal reports at the time he was “upset that she worked outside the home, dressed in Western style clothes, and ate occasionally with men who were not family members.”

I can’t help thinking that just a few years from now, if the ostrich people prevail we’ll begin reading the stories in our community and seeing nightly new reports like the videos that are coming out of Europe about the problems occurring there.  Attacks on the street, engaging disruptively with law enforcement, businesses destroyed, insistence on Sharia law.  Unbelievably,  Germany has begun issuing warnings to grade school girls, ordering them to cover up and not wear shorts …

“The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslims and speak Arabic. The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be adhered to, in order to avoid discrepancies. Revealing tops or blouses, short shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings.”

These neighborhoods and schools in Germany are just like ours.  Or they were, until recently.

You have daughters. Sisters. Wives.  Is the lesson that Europe is currently learning lost on you?

Call Governor Nikki Haley and ask that she STOP the refugee resettlement(s) coming to South Carolina.

Phone: 803.734.2100


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